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San Jose to hang rainbow flags at airport Chick-fil-A in support of LGBTQ rights
A California city that last year approved the addition of a Chick-fil-A at its local airport now wants to send a message of support to LGBTQ people as the opening date for the fast-food restaurant nears.
The San Jose City Council voted 11-0 on Tuesday to hang rainbow flags in support of LGBTQ people and pink, blue and white flags for transgender rights at or near a Chick-fil-A due to open in May at San Jose International Airport.
Rosemary Barnes, a spokeswoman for the airport, said it will decide where to place the flags.
The council's vote comes as two other cities around the country have blocked Chick-fil-A from opening at their airports over concerns that the restaurant chain has a record of supporting anti-gay organizations.
Modi's party chief vows to throw illegal immigrants in India into Bay of Bengal
The head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party took his invective against illegal Muslim immigrants to a new level this week as the general election kicked off, promising to throw them into the Bay of Bengal.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah referred such illegal immigrants as “termites”, a description he also used last September, when he drew condemnation from rights groups. The U.S. State Department also noted the remark in its annual human rights report.
“Infiltrators are like termites in the soil of Bengal,” Shah said on Thursday at a rally in the eastern state of West Bengal, as voting in India’s 39-day general election started.
“A Bharatiya Janata Party government will pick up infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal,” he said, referring to illegal immigrants from neighboring Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
Man pleads guilty after attacking gay man then bragging about it online
A man has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after attacking a gay man and then bragging about it on social media.
24-year-old Brandon Michael Wiley is from Lewisburg, Tennessee, reports the Daily News Journal.
Last summer, Wiley entered MJ’s Sports Bar and Grill on Broad Street in Murfreesboro.
He initially claimed a 39-year-old gay man ‘grabbed his junk and molested him,’ according to a report filed with Murfreesboro police.
But that story didn’t line up with video evidence, say police.
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Queer today, gone tomorrow: the fight to save LGBT nightlife
On a summer’s day in 2017, in gardens near the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, an unusual drag show took place. A lot of work had gone into the costumes, but these were not of the kind you’d expect: there were no rhinestones or wigs. Each performer was wearing an architectural model on their head, and instead of lip-syncing, they were reading out snippets of planning and licensing documents. The models didn’t represent buildings of any great distinction, but to members of the audience they were a familiar lineup: the Black Cap, the Joiners Arms, the Glass Bar, the Lesbian and Gay Centre. They were London’s queer spaces, past and present.
The event had been organised by the architecture academics Ben Campkin and Lo Marshall as a riff on the famous 1931 Beaux Arts Ball in New York, at which attendees dressed as the Chrysler building and the Waldorf Astoria hotel. They have been analysing the changing landscape of the queer community in London since 2016, and dragged up once again in front of the press at the Whitechapel Gallery to mark the opening of Queer Spaces: London, 1980s–Today.
After a Dallas woman was violently attacked by man, she was charged. Now she's cleared.
Prosecutors in Dallas County, Texas, are dropping a criminal mischief charge against a woman violently attacked by a man last month following an argument.
On Tuesday, Dallas Police Deputy Chief Thomas Castro said a warrant had been issued for the arrest of L'Daijohnique Lee for allegedly smashing the windows of Austin Shuffield's truck during an altercation in Dallas on March 21.
The district attorney's office however, said Wednesday that it was dropping the charge against Lee and recalling the arrest warrant.
Creep sucker-punches woman who told him to stop harassing women
More than 80 women sue San Diego hospital alleging secret camera recordings
More than 80 women have filed a lawsuit against Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa alleging they were secretly recorded while undergoing medical procedures in labor and delivery operating rooms.
Patients were filmed without their consent in three private rooms from July 2012 to June 2013, according to the lawsuit filed last week in San Diego County Superior Court. The women allege hidden cameras filmed approximately 1,800 patients undergoing medical procedures — including births, dilatation and curettage to resolve miscarriages, and hysterectomies.
Engineer, David Xu, accused of poisoning colleague's food and water
A California engineer accused of trying to poison his co-worker by spiking her food and water for more than a year was arrested and charged with attempted murder last week.
David Xu, an engineer at Berkeley Engineering and Research Inc., a consulting firm, is accused of adding the poisonous metal cadmium to co-worker Rong Yuan's food and water starting in October 2017, according to court documents filed in Alameda County last week. He kept trying to poison her through March of this year, the documents said.
For months, Yuan noticed that food and water she left unattended in her office had a strange taste and smell, the documents filed Thursday said.
She "reported suffering immediate and significant health problems after consuming this water and food, at times requiring emergency care at a hospital," the court filing said.
Hate Crimes Spiked 226% in Counties Where Trump Held Rallies
Counties where Donald Trump held rallies leading up to the 2016 presidential election saw a huge increase in hate crimes, according to a new analysis.
“We found that counties that had hosted a 2016 Trump campaign rally saw a 226 percent increase in reported hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host such a rally,” researchers Ayal Feinberg, Regina Branton, and Valerie Martinez-Ebers wrote in The Washington Post. Feinberg is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at University of North Texas, and Branton and Martinez-Ebers are professors there.
Wisconsin gay couple may be evicted from home for flying rainbow flag
A Liberal Jewish Seminary Says It Will No Longer Ordain Gay Student
A Trump supporter allegedly used gay slurs before attacking a man with a sword outside a roller rink
Tennessee Republicans pass bill to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against gay couples
The Texas senate just approved a bill that would allow doctors to refuse LGBTQ patients
Homosexuality and Adultery Are Now Punishable With Death by Stoning in Brunei. Here's What to Know
Utah just upgraded their ‘worthless’ hate crimes law, while Indiana passed a worthless one
Teacher allegedly yanked student’s hair over bathroom emergency
A Georgia teacher faces battery charges after allegedly yanking a middle school student’s hair over a bathroom emergency, according to officials.
Charges were filed last week against Tracy Parham after security footage from Henry County Middle School helped clear up conflicting accounts of the violent incident, the Altana Journal-Constitution reported.
A judge who saw footage of the altercation from January on Friday ordered the science teacher to surrender to authorities.
Virginia officer told black middle schoolers that when they turn 18, 'then you're mine'
High school students of color are protesting racism and inequality
Black attorney says deputy thought he was a suspect and detained him at court
Uber sued for $10 million by woman who was sexually assaulted by her driver
A resident of Washington, DC, is suing Uber for negligence and consumer protection violations, after she was sexually assaulted by one of the ride-hail company’s drivers. The victim, listed only as “Jane Doe” in court documents, claims Uber portrays itself as a safe mode of transportation for women, especially if they have been drinking, when in fact they are putting those women in harm’s way.
The victim was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver named Raul E. Rodriguez Vasquez on April 1st, 2018, according to court documents. She later told a social worker, who contacted the police. They collected DNA evidence linking Vasquez to the assault. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse and is currently in jail.
The civil case is the latest example of Uber’s ongoing problem with sexual assault and abuse by drivers. Last year, CNN reported that at least 103 Uber drivers in the US had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers over a period of four years. At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found. In June 2017, a Kansas City woman sued Uber after she was raped by a driver, claiming the company ignored warnings about the driver’s criminal history.
Social worker charged with rape after telling victim sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment
A licensed social worker with the Centers for Families and Children has been indicted on felony charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a client and telling her it was necessary for mental health treatment.
Gamalier Felicie, 44, has been charged with rape, sexual battery, attempted rape and attempted sexual battery.
The indictment said that on Jan. 25, 2019, Felicie told the 37-year-old victim “sexual conduct was necessary for mental health treatment purposes.”
Porn is being blocked across all of the UK. Here's why people think it's a terrible idea.
Some of the world's biggest porn sites are about to go dark in the UK.
The government is going to introduce new a law that will require sites, like PornHub, to introduce effective age verification blocks, making sure people under the age of 18 cannot access them.
The law which has come to be known as the "porn block" was introduced as part of the Digital Economy Act in 2017. Quite when it will be formally rolled out is unclear, with the government denying reports it will be next month.
The regulation has been backed by Britain's largest children's charity the NSPCC, but has also sharply criticised for being poorly-thought-out and potentially damaging to privacy and freedom of speech.
"It would appear the government thought this was a cost-neutral freebie that they could get away with very easily without realising the potential impact it would have on privacy and data security," said Myles Jackman, a UK obscenity lawyer.
Migrant 10-year-old sexually assaulted, given drugs in custody, lawsuit says
A Guatemalan father filed a lawsuit against two nonprofits housing migrant children, claiming his 10-year-old son was given “powerful psychotropic drugs” without parental consent and sexually assaulted by another child during his time in government custody.
The father, identified only as J. E. B., claimed in the lawsuit filed in state court in Texas last week that both Southwest Key and Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas “acted with fraud, malice, and gross neglect” in their treatment of his son.
The lawsuit also claims that the boy, identified as F.C.B. in the suit, was subjected to physical assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress by both facilities.
Ohio pastor who allegedly groomed teen for sex with others convicted
Man Gets Death for Rape, Murder of Girlfriend's Daughter in Front of Her; Mom Called Teen 'Nonentity'
Teacher Fired After Reporting That Students Wore Confederate Flags to Pass Out Sick, Racist, Homophobic Flyers at Junior High School
Students wearing Confederate flags distributed racist and homophobic flyers on Wednesday in an effort to bully students in McCormick Junior High School’s Gay Straight Alliance students. The school is in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
The flyers have a “NO” symbol covering a Pride flag and say “It’s great to be straight. It’s not ok to be gay.”
They also read, “Black lives only matter because if it weren’t for them who would pick our cotton” and “Join the kkk (the confederate kid club)”.
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Man arrested for threatening to kill every LGBTI person in Sacramento
A man will be charged for allegedly sending out nearly 50 threatening letters to people, including an LGBTI center.
Federal officials took Darnell Ray Owens, 32 from Sacramento, into custody on Friday (22 March).
Officials claim he mailed dozens of letters, some containing white powder, to police, churches and an LGBTI center.
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